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Monday, September 16, 2019

Court to subpoena Galua’s doctor

THE court hearing the charges against architect Rey Galua is set to subpoena his Manila-based doctor to shed light on his condition.

This after lawyer Arturo Ubaub filed a motion to allow Galua to be detained at a hospital.

Galua was rushed to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) Monday evening, January 29, after the architect complained of difficulty in breathing and chest pains just hours after he was committed to the City Jail in Lumbia.

Galua, whom police described as a person of interest in the December 2, 2017 killing of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) president Dr. Ricardo Rotoras, had been under hospital arrest since January 9 when he was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Cagayan de Oro City on firearms-related charges.

"The doctor will have to testify that Galua needs to stay in the hospital and not inside a prison cell," Ubaub said.

It is unclear how long will Galua’s present hospital confinement will be but the next court hearing has been reset to February 7.

Ubau also said his client will be appealing his case to the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the court yesterday granted his motion to suspend the proceedings.

Ubaub said Presiding Judge Henry Damasing of Regional Trial Court Branch 24 granted their motion as he plans to appeal the fiscal's resolution that charged Galua with illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

"The fiscal's resolution said there was probable cause to charge Galua but we stand in our position that there is no case because the evidence was planted," Ubaub said.
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